Nineteenth-century guitars at King’s College London

On Thursday 24 April, James Westbrook and Christopher Page took part in a seminar on nineteenth-century guitars as part of  Music in London 1800-1851, a five-year research project (2013-2018) funded by the European Research Council, based in the Music Department at King’s College London.

 http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/music/research/proj/mulondon/mulondon.aspx.

A Roudhloff x-braced Melophonic guitar of c. 1842 by Roudhloff, arguably the finest  achievement of  nineteenth-century guitar making in London.

Detail of a Roudhloff x-braced Melophonic guitar of c. 1842 by Roudhloff, arguably the finest achievement of nineteenth-century guitar making in London.

In attendance was a group a postdoctoral students working on the project, presided over by Professor Roger Parker. Most of the reading material comprised articles listed on this site, and written by members of the Consortium (see Publications) and there was lively discussion of many musical, social and organological issues. This was a valuable chance to make a bid for the place of guitars in a survey of unprecedented comprehensiveness

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The Cambridge Consortium for Guitar Research is a society of guitar players and scholars devoted to the musical history, the social history and the organology of all Western instruments called ‘guitars’, but with special emphasis on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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